Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo received a hefty penalty after the FIA stewards ruled his car was released in an ‘unsafe condition’ after a pitstop in the Malaysian Grand Prix this afternoon.
The stewards awarded the Australian a 10 second stop penalty which was to be served during the race. He will also start the next event with a drop of 10 grid positions, reducing his chances at a podium finish next race significantly.
It was an embarrassing mistake on the team’s part: the Infiniti Red Bull racing driver pitted for a tyre change in lap 41 of the race and was released with a loose left front wheel. The car stopped in the pit lane and was pushed back into the box for a refit. However, the release of the car in what is deemed ‘a dangerous manner’ led to an immediate investigation and the subsequent awarding of the penalty.
The refit was soon rendered redundant however, when two laps later Ricciardo suffered a front wing failure that caused the Australian to retire.
This will be a blow to Ricciardo’s championship chances as he is yet to earn any points given his disqualification from Australia’s race.
Daniel’s team mate, Sebastian Vettel, finished the race on the podium in third.
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